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Friday, September 22, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Member Tour: John Hay, The Fells, and Lake Sunapee
Join us for a special day at John Hay’s historic New Hampshire estate, The Fells, overlooking scenic Lake Sunapee. Lincoln’s private secretary during the Civil War and a respected diplomat and journalist, Hay used The Fells as a retreat in the late 1800s. This daylong excursion will include tours of the house and gardens, lunch, and a talk by historian Philip McFarland about his recently published book, John Hay, Friend of Giants: The Man and Life Connecting Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Henry James, and Theodore Roosevelt. The registration fee is $100 per person for New Hampshire Historical Society members; $150 per person for nonmembers, which includes a one-year Society membership. Register online at Eventbrite.com (search for “The Fells Tour”); complete and mail the registration form, or call 603-856-0621.
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 2 p.m.
Collection Highlights Talk: Brown Paper Company
Beginning as a modest sawmill located on the Androscoggin River in Berlin, the Brown Paper Company would grow to become one of the largest and most advanced paper and pulp manufacturers in the world. In 2009 and 2010, Fraser Paper Company, the last remnant of Brown’s Berlin operations, donated the company records to the New Hampshire Historical Society. Those records, which span the years 1871 to 1996, reveal the inner workings of a dynamic company that created the first research and development department in the industry and later survived two world wars and bankruptcy. This talk will be presented by New Hampshire Historical Society volunteer John Rule, a retired engineer who has served as archivist for the Society's Brown Company collection since 2010. Collection Highlights Talks are included in the price of admission to the Society.
Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.
Lecture: Old Man of the Mountain
On May 3, 2003, the Old Man of the Mountain disintegrated and fell into Franconia Notch, resulting in the loss of an important national landmark, long the basis for the State of New Hampshire’s official emblem. For nearly 200 years people pondered how the rock profile formed and remained in place, strove to secure and preserve it, and attempted to explain its natural and unmistakably “human” profile. In this lecture, geologist Brian Fowler, former president of the Mount Washington Observatory, traces the Old Man’s geologic and human history between the discovery of the phenomenon in 1805 and its disappearance in 2003. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society.
Saturday, November 11, 2 p.m.
Lecture: New Hampshire at War
Covering all major conflicts that have affected the Granite State from the colonial period to the present, this lecture focuses on New Hampshire’s contributions to the war efforts and famous residents who participated in the conflicts. Delivered by Sue Kelly, one of the New Hampshire Historical Society’s museum educators, the 45-minute lecture will be followed by a guided tour of the Citizen Soldier section of the Discovering New Hampshire exhibition. This lecture is included in the price of admission to the Society.
Director of Education & Public Programs